A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Dec 14

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is the author of my all-time favorite Christmas story. I usually read a version of A Christmas Carol to my students. Every once in a while, I like to also read the actual Dickens novel! One forgets that there are so many takes on the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Crabby. If I were visited by 4 ghosts, I am fairly certain that I would have some sort of cardiac episode.
Ebenezer’s old partner, Jacob Marley, is Dead Ghost #1; he sets the stage. Dickens describes him as “dead as a doornail” and goes on to explain that “…the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it..” Priceless. He informs the grouchy, stingy, downright mean Scrooge that he will entertain 3 ghosts: one from the Past, one from the Present, and one from the Future. Scrooge’s answer to Marley? “I-I think I’d rather not.” These ghosts showcase Scrooge’s journey, from lonely child, to young man in love, to someone who becomes obsessed with money.
Of course we all know how the story ends. Scrooge becomes enlightened to the error of his ways, and thus embraces the spirit of Christmas during the holidays and every day of the year with a capacious heart.
The lesson? There is always time to make a change and look upon life with a positive and generous eye. My favorite modern renderings have to be Bill Murray in Scrooged and Patrick Stewart’s interpretation.
God Bless us, Everyone!

Bill Murray + A grammar lesson= My favorite scene


One comment

  1. My favorite is “It’s A Wonderful Life”, but this is a very close 2nd. I’ve watched a lot of different versions, from the oldest to most of the newer ones. Love them all. A very good lesson for all of us at this time of year.

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